SWCD's Incentives and BMPs in the Redwood and Cottonwood Watersheds
The soil and water conservation districts within the watersheds for the Redwood and Cottonwood Rivers have been putting conservation practices on the ground for years in a long-running collaborative effort. The projects are intended to address the causes of poor water quality identified in several historical diagnostic studies and the Lower Minnesota River Dissolved Oxygen TMDL.The practices target groundwater protection and the reduction of phosphorus and sediment to surface water resources.This Clean Water Fund Grant will enhance and accelerate the efforts already being implemented through funds from state cost share, Water Management Program, Ag BMP loan, Special Nutrient Management Grant, and federal grants such as 319 program and EQIP.Through trial application of grid sampling and precision application of agricultural chemicals, it has been shown it is possible to decrease the amount of phosphorus and nitrogen applied for agricultural production. A case study on 480 acres has provided local data to promote the project on a wide scale. With this case study, along with sediment basins, waterways, and terraces, the districts will continue to work with landowners in these two watersheds to reduce phosphorus and sediment reduction.
(c) $3,000,000 the first year and $3,000,000 the second year are for nonpoint source pollution reduction and restoration grants to watershed districts, watershed management organizations, counties, and soil and water conservation districts for grants in addition to grants available under paragraphs (a) and (b) to keep water on the land and to protect, enhance, and restore water quality in lakes, rivers, and streams, and to protect groundwater and drinking water. The projects must be of long-lasting public benefit, include a local match, and be consistent with TMDL implementation plans or local water management plans. Up to five percent may be used for administering the grants (2010 - Clean Water Assistance)
Installed 63 Best management practices and 4 incentive contracts. 247 tons of sediment and 377 pounds of Phosphorus saved annually.